Supreme Court ruling not expected to invalidate NM gun laws - Albuquerque Journal

Supreme Court ruling not expected to invalidate NM gun laws

Then-Gov. Susana Martinez, seen in a YouTube video, requalifies for her concealed carry license in 2011, reportedly scoring 100% with both .45 and .38 caliber handguns.

Copyright © 2022 Albuquerque Journal

SANTA FE – The U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a New York firearms law isn’t likely to have an immediate impact in New Mexico.

Unlike New York, New Mexico is a “shall issue” state – meaning the state Department of Public Safety is required by law to grant a license to carry a concealed handgun if the applicant meets basic qualifications.

The state does not require “an additional showing of need” to obtain a permit, state Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

The ruling, he said, doesn’t appear to affect the state’s red-flag law, either.

Zac Fort, board president of the New Mexico Shooting Sports Association, an advocacy group for gun owners, said the ruling is a good one.

But gun owners, he said, shouldn’t expect any immediate changes in New Mexico.

“Your rights don’t stop when you step outside the door,” Fort said. “This opinion formalizes that.”

Democratic state Sen. Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, an Albuquerque attorney and retired law professor, said New Mexico’s gun regulations remain on solid legal ground.

The new ruling, however, might have indirect effects, she said.

 

“The opinion is confusing,” Sedillo Lopez said, “and when you have confusing opinions, that encourages litigation, unfortunately.”

In New Mexico, individuals with a permit can carry a concealed handgun, with some exceptions, such as the ban on weapons inside a courthouse. It’s also illegal to carry a concealed handgun while consuming alcohol.

Granting a license is required if the applicant meets basic requirements. The individual must, for example, be 21 or older, take a firearms training course and have no felony convictions.

 

Licenses cannot be granted to anyone with a recent conviction for DWI, drug possession or domestic violence.

New Mexico is also an “open carry” state, meaning people are generally allowed to carry a loaded weapon that is not concealed.

Home » ABQnews Seeker » Supreme Court ruling not expected to invalidate NM gun laws


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Biden signs landmark gun measure, says 'lives will be ...
ABQnews Seeker
President Joe Biden on Saturday signed ... President Joe Biden on Saturday signed the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades, a bipartisan compromise that seemed unimaginable until a recent series ...
2
Coffee shop holds fundraiser for first responders
ABQnews Seeker
All Ziggi's locations will donate $1 ... All Ziggi's locations will donate $1 for every drink sold, both in-store and via their mobile app
3
Police: Man drove over, killed brother
ABQnews Seeker
Witness told police body was dragged ... Witness told police body was dragged on street
4
Rael picked as chief administrative officer
ABQnews Seeker
Nomination heads to City Council Nomination heads to City Council
5
'Not all doom and gloom'
ABQnews Seeker
State making progress on 50-year water ... State making progress on 50-year water plan
6
Young children now eligible for COVID vaccines in NM
ABQnews Seeker
Youngsters in New Mexico are now ... Youngsters in New Mexico are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and doses for that age group have started to arrive, the state Department of ...
7
Former salon owner pleads guilty to five felonies
ABQnews Seeker
'Vampire facials' performed on clients who ... 'Vampire facials' performed on clients who contracted HIV
8
Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi to be ...
ABQnews Seeker
Parishes will chip in to cover ... Parishes will chip in to cover the payments on the debt
9
Congress sends landmark gun violence compromise to Biden
ABQnews Seeker
Heinrich, one of the senators who ... Heinrich, one of the senators who helped negotiate the legislation, called it "concrete action" that will make the situation better